Immigration Justice / Asylum Support Learning Opportunities

Book Study Groups

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky. Motivated by the growing numbers of migrants entering the United States via the Mexico border, this course is designed to help us reflect on historic patterns of migration, the role the United States has played (and still plays) in Latin America, and how we might engage meaningfully with immigration reform.

To prepare for the first session, please read the Preface, Introduction, and first two chapters of Undocumented.

Book Study Group 1: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Sept 10 & 24, Oct. 8 & 29 – Tracy’s Office. Facilitator: Katie Allen.

Book Study Group 2: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon – Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 31 (no class 10/24) – Mary Safford Room. Facilitator: Becky Evans.


Tuesday Night at the Movies: The Immigration Series

Join your friends for two outstanding videos!

October 1Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America (2012) – a 90-minute documentary based on the book Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America written by journalist Juan Gonzalez.

October 22Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 85 minutes. An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, this film has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”

Each film will start promptly at 6:00. Popcorn & juice offered. Discussion will follow each film.

Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance.

This is a 4-session study course using a previously recorded webinar from AFSC.

If these times don’t work for you, or if you should have to miss a session, the videos can be found at:

There is some homework between sessions. Participants should plan to attend all sessions.

Maximum enrollment per group is 7.

Webinar Group 1: Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Sep. 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Channing Hall. Facilitator: Katie Allen.

Webinar Group 2: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Sep. 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Room 103. Facilitators: Katie Allen, Amy Knudsen & Kent Newman.